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July|August 2015

“In spite of being within feet of a 40-foot-long wall of flame, dodging exploding boat parts, and expecting the whole scene to explode in a fireball at any time, saving two lives made this my best day of fishing, ever.” —Richard G. Williams C’77


Larry Shprintz ChE’50 writes that he had some of his photographs of Berlin in a recent group exhibition at the Addams Gallery on the Penn campus. “They depict the Brandenburg Gate in 1945 and 2015. [My] Berlin images may be seen at; there are links to previous exhibitions of Beijing, Mumbai, and Istanbul.”


Virginia A. Lucas Nu’55 GNu’63 writes that she was recently honored for her role in demonstrating what women can accomplish. During the Vietnam War, she was a flight nurse in the US Air Force for four years; she retired from the USAF Reserves as a lieutenant colonel. She is also a retired professor of nursing at Mercer County (N.J.) Community College.



Judi Oser CW’56 had a solo show at the Polk State Lake Wales (Fla.) Arts Center in March.


Dr. Robert A. Corrigan G’59 M’67 in June received an honorary doctorate from Brown University (his alma mater), where he also gave the baccalaureate address. He was president of San Francisco State University from 1988 to 2012.


Hank Aberman C’60 G’62 writes that he and Sen. Stewart Greenleaf W’61, former Penn basketball teammates, teamed up again to have their former coach Jack McCloskey Ed’48 GEd’52 return to Harrisburg (from his home near Savannah) to be honored with Bob Mlkvy C’61 D’65 on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Senate in April with a citation “honoring their athletic achievements as native-born Pennsylvanians.”

Nina Kaplan Miller CW’60, , writes that she has “come back, after a long career in human services, to [my] major in creative writing with the publication of a novel, The Mother of Invention.”


Tony Gallo WG’63 writes that he and his wife, Susan, “visited Antarctica, our 20th overseas trip in eight years; we have now set foot on all seven continents.” Tony was “a Federal food economist for 30 years, completing 240 publications, while restoring 26 properties in the Capitol Hill Historic District of Washington with my company, Victorian Homes. Now, playwriting and public service at the National Press Club take up my entire workday. I have hosted over 30 National Newsmakers on such issues as gun control, abortion, the Eisenhower Memorial, congressional races, and presidential elections; five of these programs were televised live by C-Span. My 16th play, Teresa, premieres at the Cosmos Club in Washington this fall; The Springfield Boys opens at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Maryland in July. My plays have now been performed about 160 times in nearly 40 venues, including 16 stagings at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and the Dramatists Guild of America in New York. Paul, my play about the apostle, has been playing to surprisingly enthusiastic audiences in Virginia, Washington, and Maryland. Browne-Nederlander LLC is working to mount a production of Margherita in New York. All of my plays, along with film footage, can be viewed at; I would like to hear from fellow alumni.”

Bruce Macbain G’63 Gr’75 writes, “My new novel, Odin’s Child: Book One of Odd Tangle-Hair’s Saga, has just been published. I’ve switched from the Romans, as in my two previous novels, to my other favorite folks, the Vikings. In this novel, the first of a trilogy, a young Icelander is driven from his home by a blood feud and embarks on a series of adventures that will carry him all the way to the borders of Russia. He recounts his tale in a tone full of sardonic humor and serious reflection. I think readers will like Odd. I call him ‘a thinking man’s Viking.’”


Carmine Di Pinto Jr. CGS’65 writes, “My youngest son, 18 years old, is planning to go to Rutgers in September to study mechanical engineering; my middle son, 23 years old, [soon] leaves the Marines and plans to be an underwater welder; and my oldest son, 43 years old, teaches at a university near Porto Alegre, Brazil. I spend my time editing two websites, one with family history,, the other with Brazilian music,”



Bill Abler C’66 Gr’71 announces that he has “solved the oldest, most difficult mystery in all of science and philosophy: the design of the human being. The theory is published in the journal Cognitive Critique, and you can download it for free by googling ‘abler design of the human being.’”

Marie Jones Fonzi CW’66 has published her first book, The Geography Bee, “based on my 37 years of teaching and observing the pain inflicted by bullies.” She also wrote a preface to a new edition (2013) of The Last Investigation: What Insiders Know About the Assassination of JFK, which was written by her late husband, Gaeton Fonzi C’57.


Peter A. Galbraith C’69 writes that he has “published Denali Justice, an account of a midwinter plane crash on Mt. McKinley, a delayed rescue, and the civil trial that followed. It is available online, in bookstores, and in all ebook formats.”

James Morrow C’69 writes, “Now that I’m past retirement age, I suppose I should think about relaxing in the sun, but instead I plan to stay cooped up in my gloomy garret, churning out fiction, an addiction that goes all the way back to my participation in the Creative Writing program at Penn. My 10th novel, Galápagos Regained, a loopy historical epic about the coming of the evolutionary worldview, appeared earlier this year from St. Martin’s Press. The protagonist is Chloe Bathurst, Darwin’s fictive and adventuresome zookeeper, who travels to South America seeking specimens that illustrate her employer’s theory, her goal being to win the Great God Contest: £10,000 to the first entrant who can prove or disprove the existence of a Supreme Being.”

Peg Streep CW’69 writes that she has returned to Manhattan permanently, where she continues to write books and blog for Psychology Today. She is thrilled that her divorce is finalized, and would love to hear from classmates to catch up.


Dr. Helen Giles-Gee CW’72 GEd’73 Gr’83 was presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, at the commencement ceremony for SUNY Cortland in May, where she also gave the keynote address.

Dr. Harold Pincus C’72 is professor and vice-chair of psychiatry and co-director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University. Director of quality and outcomes research for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, he also serves as a senior scientist at the Rand Corporation and as the national director of the health and aging policy fellows program of the Atlantic Philanthropies. He recently received the 2015 Research Mentorship Award from the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association for his contributions to the career development of young investigators.


Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes, “I completed the [Philadelphia] Broad Street Run 10-mile race on May 3, finishing in 1:11:23, good for first place among those 65 and older.”

Dr. Kevin J. Harty G’73 Gr’74, chair and professor of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia, in April received its Distinguished Faculty Scholarship Award for his writings on the film and television presentation of medieval figures, such as King Arthur.


Jack Evans W’75, chair of the finance committee of the city Council of the District of Columbia and member of the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, writes that two of his three triplets were accepted Early Decision and will be attending Penn this fall. John and Katherine Evans graduated this spring from the Maret School and the National Cathedral School, respectively, and will matriculate to Penn as part of the College’s Class of 2019.



Marc Feinstein W’76 writes, “My debut novel, Catch Us If You Can, was released last September. It is a coming-of-age tale of small town but urban youth growing up in the late 1960s trying to untangle the answer to Springsteen’s haunting question: Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true or is it something worse? You can learn more about my new career path and the book at my website,”

Michael P. Malloy L’76, a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific’s law school, writes that his paper “There Are No Bitcoins, Only Bit Payers” was the lead article in the anthology Selected Issues in Public Private Law, published recently by the Athens Institute for Education and Research; he serves on the editorial board of one of its journals.


Richard G. Williams C’77 specializes in international-trade compliance for the Sikorsky Aircraft division of United Technologies Corp. in Hartford, Conn. He and his wife, Lynda, live in Stratford, where he restores classic wooden boats and serves on the board of the Housatonic Council, BSA. In February, he was awarded the Lifesaving Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America for his “meritorious action in saving the lives of two commercial fishermen, whose boat had become engulfed in flames while working on Long Island Sound. While fishing nearby with a friend, Richard brought his boat alongside the flaming 40ft. commercial boat and pulled the seriously injured captain and one of his crewman, who were both drowning, to safety.” Richard notes, “In spite of being within feet of a 40-foot-long wall of flame, dodging exploding boat parts, and expecting the whole scene to explode in a fireball at any time, saving two lives made this my best day of fishing, ever.”


Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt SW’79 GrS’84 is the Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies at Stockton University in Galloway, N.J. In March, she received the Mary McLeod Bethune and Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Service in the Promotion of Social Responsibility in Africana Studies from the National Council for Black Studies.


Robert Dunham C’80 has been appointed executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a national nonprofit based in Washington. He joined it after 20 years as a leading capital-appeal lawyer in Pennsylvania and 11 years as an adjunct professor of death-penalty law at Villanova University. In April, he received the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honoring his service over the last two decades.


Dr. Michael Finkelstein C’82 M’86,, blogs on the topic of “slow medicine” for The Huffington Post. His bookSlow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness, issued in January by William Morrow, is a paperback reprint of his book 77 Questions for Skillful Living (2013).

Lisa Green C’82 is an attorney and legal analyst who appears on NBC News and MSNBC. She wrote On Your Case: A Comprehensive, Compassionate, (and Only Slightly Bossy) Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life, which was published by Morrow in February.

Raphe Panitz Gr’82 writes that he, his wife, Susette, and their family have relocated to Knoxville, Tenn. After an absence of 30-plus years, he has returned to academia, joining the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies of the University of Tennessee. Last summer, he taught “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible” and he will teach it again this autumn and next spring; this summer, he will teach “Introduction to Judaism.” In June, he became president of Heska Amuna, the local Conservative Jewish congregation. “My wife and I enjoy living in Knoxville, in the foothills of the Smokies.”


Nancy Schwab Sung C’84 see Grant Sung C’85 GAr’88.


Harriet Shapiro-Lieberman C’85 writes that she has completed her second Ironman Triathlon. “The first 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run was completed in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 24, 2014, and the second was completed with a PR in the Woodlands, Tex., on May 16. Prior to these, I have completed several 70.3 triathlons and marathons. Up next will be efforts to better my finish times in Ironman Texas, as well as other short course races. In addition, I am active in Team in Training, fundraising to find a cure and better treatments for blood cancers. I am also president of Stronger Together Foundation, a nonprofit. If you’d like to reach out,”

Grant Sung C’85 GAr’88 and Nancy Schwab Sung C’84 write, “We are now living in Beijing, enjoying being on the front row as the Asian Century unfolds. Grant, who still runs his firm GS Architecture (based in North Carolina and Virginia) is now an architect with the State Department’s overseas building operations and working on the US Embassy and consular expansions in China. Nancy is head of the National Science Foundation’s China Office, and a science attaché to the US Embassy. We were pleased to attend the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center last spring.”

Marc Tayer WG’85 wrote Televisionaries, the “captivating inside story of the digital television revolution. Please check out my website; it also has my first blog, on net neutrality:”



Ralph H. Cathcart C’86 is the lead partner in the litigation department at Ladas & Parry, an international intellectual-property boutique law firm. He was recently named an “IP Star 2015” for the United States and New York by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. In March, he received a recognition award from Mexico’s largest intellectual-property association for his presentation there on “Intellectual Property Damages and Remedies in the US.”

Dov Hoch C’86 writes that he and James Hahn W’86 got together in Tel Aviv. “James is a member of the Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board and I am president of the Penn Club of Israel and member of the Penn Alumni Regional Clubs Advisory Board. I am happy to host visitors to Israel ( My company, Clarity Advisors, sources technology for corporate external-innovation units and investments in Israel. Jimmy ( is an active investor in Israel venture capital, as a limited-partner investor in funds and a direct investor in Israel technology expanding to Asia.”

Debby Rosenthal C’86 writes, “My second monograph was recently published: Performatively Speaking: Speech and Action in Antebellum American Literature, published by the University of Virginia Press. I love my job as a professor of American literature at John Carroll University, where I also am director of graduate studies for the English department. My husband, two teenagers, and I live in Cleveland.”


Amy Grossman C’87, San Francisco, in May joined Fidelity Charitable as the West Coast vice president of its complex-asset group. Previously, she was a managing director in the Private Banking USA group of Credit Suisse.


Chung-Wha Hong C’89 is the executive director of Grassroots International, the Boston-based global-justice advocacy organization. Previously, she was executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.

Adrian Kendall C’89, a commercial and corporate lawyer in Portland, Maine, is the German Honorary Consul to Maine and New Hampshire and also chair of the Penn Alumni Interview Committee in Maine. He writes that German President Joachim Gauck recently awarded him the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in “recognition of his efforts to promote German-American cooperation in the fields of political, socio-economic, and intellectual activity. The medal is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation, and was presented by the German Consul General Rolf Schuette in a ceremony in Portland.”


Michael Tow W’90 in April was appointed general counsel to Merchant-Link LLC, in Silver Spring, Md.



Cheryl Della Pietra C’91 writes that her debut novel, Gonzo Girl, is being published this month by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. It was inspired by her experience as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant in 1992.

Laura N icole Diamond C’91, , has written her first novel, Shelter Us, which was published in June by She Writes Press. A civil-rights lawyer who lives in Los Angeles with her family, Laura serves on the board of People Assisting the Homeless.


Susie Orman Schnall C’92 writes that her “second novel, The Balance Project, was recently published. It has been called The Devil Wears Prada meets Lean In and is a fictional exploration of the work-life-balance issue.” Susie is also founder of a series of interviews about women and work-life balance that appear on her website,

Amy Wruble C’92 and her husband, David Lepes, welcomed their second child, Chloe Violet, on April 8 in Los Angeles.


Aaron Dolgoff C’93 W’93 has been promoted to vice president in the finance practice of Charles River Associates, a global consulting firm based in Boston.

Maj. Gen. Margaret C. Wilmoth Gr’93 is the deputy surgeon general for mobilization, readiness, and Army Reserve affairs in the Office of the Surgeon General of the US Army. She is also a professor of nursing at Georgia State University, where she served as inaugural dean 2012-14. On May 18, she delivered the Commencement address for Penn’s School of Nursing.

Dr. Beth Winkelstein EAS’93, professor of bioengineering and associate dean for undergraduate education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been appointed vice-provost for education, with responsibility for all undergraduate and graduate education at Penn. Dr. Winkelstein joined the faculty in 2002.



Jason S. Aschenbrand C’96 L’99 and his wife, Stephanie Donahue, are adopting a baby girl, Louise Camac Donahue Aschenbrand. “Louise was born on March 2, weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz., and measuring 19 inches long. The adoption will be finalized over the next few months, but [she] is already the light of our lives.”

Rachel Levy Lesser C’96, , is thrilled to announce the publication of her newest book, Who’s Going to Watch My Kids?, by Red Wheel Weiser Books. “It deals with relationships that form between nannies and the families that employ them” and her own attempts to find a nanny for her two kids, as well as the stories of other working moms.

John Emerson McGowan G’96 writes that he “appeared as a principal on Veep (episode 406), and am now preparing for up and coming feature films, shorts, docs, travel, voice-over, and continuing my quest for bringing my images to life with as yet untold media platforms. Funnily enough, I may be doing a musical in the near future as well. I plan on writing new multimedia shorts and incorporating my previously published poems and prose. I have acquired a percussion instrument and, along with some electronic noodling, will be leaning and scoring my film–lettes. These strategies and goals, mixed with my reverence for life and the pursuit of its happiness, reach deep into the core of my times and studies at Penn.”


Dr. Dennis W. Creedon GrEd’99 has been appointed superintendent of the Mahopac Central School District in Carmel, N.Y. With 32 years working in Philadelphia’s parochial and public schools, he had been deputy chief of academic enrichment for the School District of Philadelphia; he was recognized last year as a national “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week for his efforts to secure arts education for all students in the district.


Jennie Westerman Diemont C’00 and her husband, Kevin Diemont, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Robert Hays Diemont, on Feb. 6. Jennie and Kevin were married on May 10, 2014, in St. Francisville, La., accompanied by many of her Penn family, including Erin McCutcheon C’00, Ari Jaffess C’00 EAS’00, Emily Cunningham Nu’00, Debra Schwartz C’00 W’00, Saryn Chorney Rosenthal C’00, Kathy Kearns Canfield C’00, and Alyssa Guglielmo Dormer C’00. “Hays has yet to meet his Penn aunts and uncles, but can’t wait to visit them in New York.”

Ami Fisher W’00 writes that she has been quite busy the past 12 months. In May 2014, she married Justin Lilien, an attorney and manager of labor relations for NYU Medical Center, at the Atrium Country Club in West Orange, N.J. On March 9, they welcomed their son, Zachary, into their family and are setting him up for the Penn Class of 2037. They live in Manhattan, where Ami is a vice president in the Private Bank at JP Morgan.

Laura Rosenberg Hosid C’00 and Jared Hosid are happy to announce the birth of their third daughter, Jillian Maya, on March 15. Jillian joined big sisters Sadie (four) and Talia (two) in Rockville, Md., where Laura is a college counselor at Vinik Educational Placement Services.

Claudia Blumenfeld Novod C’00 and her husband, Gordon, are proud to announce the birth of their son, David Matthew, on Oct. 30. Big sister Alexandra is thrilled about the new addition to her family. They live in Manhattan, where Claudia is an attorney in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Gordon is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., where he heads the bankruptcy-litigation practice.



Iván Espinoza-Madrigal C’01 married Seth Riseman in April. They wed in the federal district court in New York, followed by a cultural ceremony and celebration at Hacienda Temozón in Temozón Sur, Mexico. Attending were many Penn friends, including Efrain Sarmiento C’00, Jocelyn Navarro C’01, and Maribel Wan C’02. A civil-rights attorney, Iván is executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in Boston and Seth is an associate with Handel Architects in New York, where he specializes in the design of high-rise residential buildings.

Abby Kra Friedman Nu’01 and Dov Friedman are happy to announce the arrival of their son Akiva-Ohr Shmuel on Dec. 22 in Jerusalem. “Akiva-Ohr was eagerly greeted by his rambunctious older siblings Netanel (nine), Elyon (six), Adir (five), and Menucha (three). Grandfather David Kra GEE’77 and uncle Yoni Kra EAS’04 and aunt Kim Isenberg Kra C’04 were thrilled to meet him, as well. We would be so happy to hear from Penn friends at; be sure to let us know if you are coming to Israel for a visit.”

Kynya V. Jacobus L’01 wrote in May, “I will be leaving my position at Pfizer Inc. to pursue a lifelong dream to live as an expat in Europe. My husband and I will be relocating in July to his home town of Berlin, where I will devote myself full time to learning German.”

Corina Lentz Khettry C’01 see Neil Khettry C’04.

Julian Zbogar-Smith C’01 EAS’01 and Jessica Hulse Zbogar-Smith EAS’01 welcomed their first child, son Jordan, on Nov. 30 “after a beautiful snowfall (rare in Seattle!) and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. Jordan is proudly filling out his Penn ‘tiny, but mighty’ onesie.” Julian and Jessica are both currently employed at Microsoft, in nearby Redmond.


John Freund C’02 wrote TurtleBunny: The Fun Guide to Personal Finance & Entrepreneurship, which was published by Amazon in May. He notes that he has been performing improv comedy for over 10 years and holds an MBA degree. He combined his “right- and left-brain passions to create the first-ever guide to personal finance and entrepreneurship that is both humorous and engaging”; his goal is to use his “comedic background to increase financial literacy amongst our nation’s youth.”

Dr. Amina Gautier G’02 Gr’04 is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Miami. Her most recent collection of stories, about Afro-Puerto Ricans, Now We Will Be Happy (2014), won the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and has been long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Dr. Douglas Stoddard C’02 W’02 M’10, a surgical resident at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma, Wash., graduated in June from the MBA program of the University of Washington. He is married with three daughters.

Michael Vondriska W’02 and his husband, John Ashworth, are proud to announce the birth of their twin sons, Cooper Ashworth Vondriska and Benjamin Ashworth Vondriska, in early April. “The boys are settling in at home in New York, where their dads continue to work in finance and healthcare, respectively.”


Julie Thaler Lilienfeld C’03 and her husband, Matt, are excited to announce the birth of their son, Theo Davis, on April 26. They live in New York with big sister Gemma, who turned two in January.

Joanna Mesh Rice W’03 and her husband, Andrew, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Sadie Rose Rice, on March 5 in New York. Big brother Sam is excited about the new addition to the family. They recently moved to Westfield, N.J.

Mohamed Shiliwala C’03 and Sadia Kalam SP2’11 are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Fatima Zahra Shiliwala, on April 18. Fatima is already surrounded by the love of her Penn family and friends: Ahsen Janjua C’03 andSarah H. Janjua C’03 G’05, Amin Venjara EAS’04 W’04, Saema Khandakar C’03, Toufique Harun EE’03 GEE’03, Artina Sheikh C’08, and Amir Memon C’06 W’06 G’13 WG’13. Mohamed is the founding partner of the SSJ Law Group and Sadia works in philanthropy for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, near Princeton, N.J.


Danielle Scheer Barr W’04 writes: “My husband, Jonathan, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, H. Jacob Scheer Barr, on Dec. 5. Big sister Maren, almost three years old, loves her new baby brother. Our family lives in Bethesda, Md., where Jon is a nuclear engineer and I am enjoying helping people plan unique marriage proposals as the founder of I always enjoy hearing from and working with fellow Quakers, so please be in touch at”

Allison Chayo C’04 married Ryan Castagna on March 28 at the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles. They celebrated with their friends and family, including Jennifer Chayo Fenton C’00, Diana Feinstein C’04, Talia Zapolanski W’04, Daniella Yacobovsky W’04, Rachel Bobrow Drori C’04, Ryan Ly C’03, Rachel Brenner C’03, Etty Lewensztain C’04, Michelle Umansky Shapiro C’04, Alex Avnet Costantino C’02, Cassie Silverman Leopoldus C’04, Stephanie Roach C’05, and Michael Salem C’03. Allison and Ryan have since relocated back to New York and will honeymoon in Asia in the fall.

Donna DeGennaro Gr’04 writes “recently I started a non-profit, Unlocking Silent Histories, dedicated to amplifying the voices and identities of indigenous youth through documentary filmmaking. You can find out more about us by visiting”

Ariella Friedman C’04 wrote in May, “My husband, Elliot, and I are happy to announce the birth of our daughter, Julia Nava, on March 29. Big brother Ethan is super excited about his new role. I will also be completing a fellowship in pediatric urology this June and will be joining Banner Health in the Phoenix metro area.”

Neil Khettry C’04 writes, “My wife, Corina Lentz Khettry C’01, and I welcomed our daughter, Leela DiCresce Khettry, on Aug. 11 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. We are all doing well. Big brother Sunny is excited to have a baby sister.”

Dr. Tristan James Mabry G’04 Gr’07 is a lecturer on national-security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He wrote Nationalism, Language, and Muslim Exceptionalism, which was published earlier this year by the Penn Press. “Based on fieldwork in Iraq, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and elsewhere, [it] compares the politics of six Muslim separatist movements, locating shared language and print culture as a central factor in Muslim ethnonational identity.”

Kate Jay Zweifler C’04 and Jonathan Zweifler are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Bear Gordon Zweifler, on Sept. 16. He is the grandson of Walter Zweifler W’54 and great-grandson of the late Walter Zweifler Sr. W1919. Kate, Jon, and Bear live in Center City Philadelphia.


Michael Balsamo EAS’05 and Nina Balsamo C’06 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Liliana Marie Balsamo, on April 5 in San Francisco. “She was welcomed with love by friends and family, including uncle Joseph Mirarchi C’04.” Michael is director of hardware engineering for Momentum Machines and Nina is a licensed clinical social worker at UCSF Medical Center.

Roseann Maurantonio GEd’05, a fourth-grade teacher at Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna, N.Y., in November received a Milken Educator Award for “helping struggling readers make up two years’ worth of gains in reading scores [and starting] similarly successful techniques at five other schools in her district.”



Nina Balsamo C’06 see Michael Balsamo EAS’05 .

Diana Vining C’06 writes that she, Kevin Brilliant W’07, Debra Kerr C’08, Ashley Humienny C’09, and Minette Schwartz C’10 each graduated with master’s in business administration from Duke University in May.


Keelin Mone C’07 married Garreth Evans-Gaspar EAS’07 on Nov. 15 at the Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston. Her father, Dr. Thomas J. Mone D’75, “proudly led his daughter down the aisle. The best man, Timothy Taylor C’08, gave a wonderful speech about [our] meeting freshman year in the Quad.” Groomsmen included Jesse Baver C’07, Ezra Billinkoff C’07, Edward Fink C’07, Alex Pollock W’07, andDavid Verbofsky C’07. Other alumni attending included Amy Verbofsky C’07, Diana Zalewski C’07, John S. Taylor C’06, Charles Taylor WG’81, and Mary-Ellen Taylor CW’71. Garreth and Keelin live in Brooklyn; he works for Morgan Stanley in real-estate investing and she works for Macy’s as a field business manager.


Allison Edgren LPS’09, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Notre Dame, in April received a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Her dissertation is “The Needy, the ‘Lazy,’ and the ‘Lying’: Beggars and Begging in Late Medieval Germany.”


Zach Klitzman C’10 is a master’s student at American University in Washington, concentrating in public history. Earlier this summer, he was “awarded the Silberman Fellowship from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. to write an article on the fragility of democracy in the nation’s capital. It is under consideration for publication next spring in the society’s journal, Washington History.”



Sadia Kalam SPP’11 see Mohamed Shiliwala C’03 .


Lori Latimer SPP’12 writes, “I am pleased to share that in May I released my first book, a poetry collection, The Art of Service: A Collection of Haiku Poems.” Published by Amazon, “The haiku are influenced by my experiences in the field of social work and aim to inspire positive change on the individual and community level.”


Sarah Foster C’14 G’14, who was awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship last year and is studying for a master’s in neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, has also been awarded a Herchel Smith PhD Studentship to stay at Cambridge to study for a doctorate.

Dr. Lisa Gretebeck V’14 and Dr. Nikki Wright V’14 were included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for 2015 (healthcare) for cofounding Pou Sante: Amar Haiti, which provides training in sustainable animal-husbandry to impoverished families in rural Haiti.

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